Plantain Flower Usili

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Vazhaipoo Usili: Plantain Flower Subzi. Vazhai-Poo Usili. Attipoo/ arattipoo Usili. Kela ka Fool Usili. When I visited my hometown…..we have palntain tree in the house! I happen to cook palntain flower all the time! We either make ‘kootu’ or ‘vadai’ generally! So…for a change…I was going thro’ local magazines and came up with this idea [...]

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Vazhaithandu Soup / Plantain Stem Soup

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Vazhaithandu Soup: Plantain Stem Soup. Plantain stem is full of fibres! Tamilians use it as vegetable…only when it is tender. The bottom most stem is bit hard…with this tuff fibre, where it makes cooking hard! Sometimes….when you leave these stem for couple of days in fridge…there you go! Most of the moisture dries up! Only [...]

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Vazhaikai Varuval / Plantain Roast

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Vazhakkai Varuval:(Version 2) Plantain Fry. Vazhaikkai Varuval. Attikkai Koora/Fried Kacha Kela. Ingredients:Plantain 1 largeGarlic 1 whole head cut into tiny pieces/mincedTamarind paste 1/4 spoonRed chili powder 1 spoonSaltTurmeric powder 1/2 spoonMustard seeds 1 spoonCumin seeds 1 spoonAsafoetida 1/4 spoonCurry leaves 1 cupOil 1-2 cup Method:1. In a deep bottomed vessel add 1/2 cup of water. [...]

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Vazhai Thandu kootu / Plantain Stem Kootu

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Vazhai-Thandu Kootu Banana Stem Kootu. Vazhathandu Kootu. Ingredients: Plantain Stem 1 medium size(slender one)Thoor dal 1/4 cupGreen chilies 3 finely choppedOnion 1 finely choppedGinger-Garlic paste 1 spoonTomatoes 1-2 finely choppedSaltTurmeric powder 1/4 spoonMustard seeds 1/4 spoonCumin seeds 1/2 spoonAsafoetida 1/4 spoonCurry leaves fewOil few spoonsCilantro leaves few to garnish. Method: Finely chop the plantain stem. [...]

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Vanjiram Fry / King Fish Fry – Kerala Style

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Vanjiram Fry using Banana Leaves: Actually its a bake/steam cooking recipe! But my brother insisted on frying them….as he liked the idea of plantain leaves giving a smoky odour to your fish. Well…we both were experimenting in my Mom’s kitchen(back home). We steamed the fish first(well-wrapped in plantain leaves) and saved it for calorie counters! [...]

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Vazhai Thandu Poriyal / Plantain Stem Vepudu

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Vazhai Thandu Vepudu: Ingredients: Thick and bottom plantain stem 1Moringha Greens 1 fisful(optional) I didnt use any todayGarlic 1 whole head crushed along with skinPeanuts/groundnuts – 1 cup (without shells)Dry red chilies 10-15SaltTurmeric powder ¼ spoonGround nut oil – 1 cupMustard seeds 1 spoonCumin seeds 1 spoonCurry leaves crisply fried 1 cup – for decoration. [...]

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Vazhikai Chips / Green Plantain Chips

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Vazhaikai Chips: Plantain Chips. Arattikaya Pakodi. Kacha Kela Ka Chips. Ingredients: Raw Plantain 1 large and slenderSaltPepper powder(fresh)Oil for deep frying. Method: Slice the plantains into thin slices. Leave them in cold water until cooking/frying. Now heat oil in a frying pan. When the oil is smoky hot…fry few slices till crisp. Fry only few [...]

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Vazhaikai Podi

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Vazhaikkai Podi: Plantain Podi to go with Rice. Arattikaya Podi. Ingredients: Raw Plantain 1 SaltTurmeric 1 pinchChana dal 1 fistfulUrad dal 1 fistfulPepper 2 spoonsCoriander seeds 1 fistfulCumin 1 spoon(optional)Curry leaves few(I dont find it here)Dry red chilies 6Asafoetida little bitOil for frying. Method: Chop plantain pulp alone and leave in cold turmeric water until [...]

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Vazhaikai Thol Thuvaiyal / Plantain Peel Chutney

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Vazhaikkai Thol Thuvaiyal: Raw Plantain Skin Dip. Raw Plantain Skin Chutney. Ingreients: Raw Plantain/ vazhaikkai – skin alonechana dal 1 fistfulUrad dal 1 fistfulDry red chilied 7Garlic 6 beadsBlack peppercorns 1/2 spoonSaltOil few spoons. Tempering: Oil few spoonsMustard sees 1/4 spoonCumin seeds 1/4 spoonChana dal 1/4 spoonUrad dal 1/4 spoonAsafoetida 1/4 spoonDry red chilies 3Curry [...]

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Vazhaikai Varuval / Green Plantain Fry

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Vazhaikkai Poriyal: Arattikaye Koora. Plantain Karaari. Ingredients: Plantain(raw) 1 largeSaltTurmeric powder 1/4 spoonChili powder 1 spoonCumin powder 1/4 spoonMustard seeds 1/4 spoonCumin seeds 1/4 spoonAsafoetida 1/4 spoonSesame oil few spoons. Method: Wash and clean plantain. Chop into tiny bits. Leave them in cold water untill cooking. In a pot, boil 1/4 cup of water. Add [...]

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